EU: re-introduce meat and bone meal
A European Union institution advocates the idea that proteins from pigs could
be used in poultry feed and that poultry proteins can be used for pig
According to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), research
shows that meat and bone meal derived from non-ruminants can be used in poultry
and pig feed without any risk for human health.
The use of meat and
bone meal in animal feed is forbidden in the union, due to the risk of BSE
spreading. This puts companies in the EU in a negative competitive position, due
to the relatively strict BSE regulation and measures regarding the use of
by-products, the EESC says.
This situation has caused extra costs to
destruct pig carcasses and higher prices for alternative vegetable protein
sources to be sued in animal feed.
The ESC therefore advocates
liberation of the animal by-product regulation (1774/2002), provided that the
consumers are guaranteed that there is no cross contamination (and thus
This means that the method for identification for
proteins that are currently used should be brought to perfection. Furthermore,
the proteins that are used in animal feed should come from healthy pigs and
birds, slaughtered in separate abattoirs.
The committee also thinks
that there should be more research in the possibilities for on-farm destruction
of dead animals. In this perspective, a system that destructs and produces
energy at the same time is one of the most favourable options to
â€¢ European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
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